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Cowra's junior rugby league players were treated to a special guest with a familiar face at their awards presentation on Saturday night when Cowra's Shannon Boyd returned home for the weekend.

The former Magpie, now playing for the Canberra Raiders, spoke of his rise into the NRL after starting off in the clubs' junior ranks and presented the lucky juniors with their awards.

Boyd has been a great role model for the juniors of Cowra since making the move south where he has become renowned as one of the most exciting front row prospects in the national competition.

The 23-year-old made his first grade debut in the opening round of the 2014 season and has continually relished the experience of playing in the top grade.

He went on to be recognised as the club's Rookie of the Year last season while establishing himself as a regular week in week out.

This season the barnstorming front rower made 22 appearances for the Green Machine which included five tries.

Unfortunately a rib injury ruled him out of featuring in the Prime Minister's and Papua New Guinea match last week alongside Canberra team mates Jack Wighton and Jarrod Croker.

Article first appeared in the Cowra Guardian

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